Chowder, Seattle Bites Food Tours, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Wash.
Chowder, Seattle Bites Food Tours, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Wash.
Photo: Seattle Bites Food Tours

This year, Seattle Bites Food Tours is celebrating its 10th year of supplying tours in Pike Place Market, the oldest continuously operating public farmers market and Seattle’s most popular tourist destination.

“We are a small mom-and-pop business and have purposely kept Seattle Bites small so we can provide the finest group experience available,” said Mark Breitfuss, owner of Seattle Food Tours. “The market has become known for mongers throwing fish and farmers selling brilliant, locally-grown flowers at ridiculously low prices. But with estimates as high as 18 million visitors to the market annually, it must have more to offer than just fish and flowers — and it does.”

During a 2½-hour guided walking tour with Seattle Bites, guides share the story of how and why Pike Place Market was created. And let’s not forget about the food; talented cooks and chefs from all over the world share their culinary skills during an eating odyssey.

Groups get to try generous portions at eight to nine merchant stops, including fresh gourmet sausages hand-crafted by a German master butcher; Paris-inspired fruit and Nutella crepes; decadent Alaskan king salmon, fresh and house-smoked for 12 hours by “The Cod Father”; mom-inspired chicken tikka masala from a classically French-trained South Indian chef; and many other dishes.

“While the food is a big part of the Seattle Bites experience, we strive to see that every guest, whether it be your first or one of many visits to the market, feels significantly different about the market after experiencing its fascinating story,” Breitfuss said. “Even locals are surprised and thrilled to hear about it.”

Breitfuss said Seattle Bites is the only market tour to offer audio equipment for ease of listening, which is helpful during the busy days of summer. The company can customize a group’s tour around meeting times, and for specific historical content

For more information, call 425-922-9872 or visit